Electricity, Water Supply : Government Efforts Presented In Parliament
The Minister of Water Resources and Energy, Gaston Eloundou Essomba during a special plenary sitting of the National Assembly explained actions to tackle water and electricity supply challenges.
Members of Cameroon’s National Assembly during a special plenary sitting of the House on June 28, 2021 asked a series to questions to the Minister of Water Resources and Energy, Gaston Eloundou Essomba on what government was doing to tackle the teething problems of water and electricity supply in the country. The Speaker of the National Assembly, Hon. Cavaye Yeguie Djibril chaired the plenary sitting.
Actions in Electricity Supply
To boost electricity supply in the Northern interconnection network that concerns the Adamawa, North and Far North Regions, he cited the dismantling of 27 generators from the Ahala power station in Yaounde to Ngaoundere, Garoua and Maroua power plants. A solar energy power supply project is on course with HUAWEI to electrify 1,000 localities around Lagdo and another with the Maroua Guider Solar Company. Government has also initiated the Bini à Warak dam project that will produce 75MW of energy to supplement power from the Lagdo Dam, mini dam in Mbakaou to produce 1.2 MW. In the long term, there will be the interconnection project between the southern and northern networks from the Nachtigal hydroelectric dam that is expected to be functional in March 2024.
Concerning the Eastern electricity interconnection network that concerns only the East Region, he said in the 12 coming months, the first turbines from the Lom-Pangar dam project will go operational and will supply 7.5MW of energy, while waiting for the three others to go operational progressively by June 2022 and will boost energy supply by 30MW. Electricity will also be transported from Ahala in Yaounde to Abong Mbang thereby connecting the southern network to the East expected in December 2021. Within the framework of the Lom-Pangar project, Electricity Development Corporation will electrify 150 localities in the East Region.
With regard to Southern interconnection...